Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Newsletter: December 13th

Published Date Author: , December 13th, 2015

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quimperFRANCE: Sugar Rush In Quimper
by the Wandering Wives
We recently took a day trip to the picturesque French town of Quimper. This is pronounced “Kam-pair” but being British we take no notice of the official French pronunciation and say it as we read it. So half way between a quiver and a whimper lies the trembling town of Quimper. We had begun our day with a healthy cereal based breakfast but we took our time getting going and then we needed to stop for petrol so ended up missing lunch. Luckily we had a couple of emergency Kit-Kats with us to save us from getting hangry (a heady mix of hunger and anger that turns even the most mild mannered person into a monster). In France it can be pretty difficult to find food outside of designated meal times, so we decided to snack our way around the town instead. Our first stop was a cute little coffee shop where, due to our terrible understanding of French, we ended up ordering drinks with more calories in than regular desserts. Sian’s coffee with served with a spoon in order to dig through the mountain of whipped cream and chunks of meringue that covered it. High on sugar we had a great time colouring the walls with chalk provided by the establishment.

Nomadic Boys BaliINDONESIA, BALI: The Ultimate LGBT Travel Guide To The Island Of The Gods
by the Nomadic Boys
Bali. Our guilty pleasure Now HERE is a playground for the gay boys! Our trekking in Mount Rinjani and scuba diving in the Komodo National Park left us feeling exhilarated, but quite frankly, knackered! We were ready to let our hair down. A visit to Bali was calling us. Bali has a nice mix of luxury villas and spas in Seminyak, culture and scenic lush green rice terraces in centrally located Ubud and of course, a whole bunch of gay bars. Sophisticated Seminyak with its luxury villas and high restaurants is also where youll find the Bali gay bars. Indonesia is not really well known as being very gay friendly at all, lacking any comprehensive pro LGBT legislation. But despite this, Bali is the gay oasis of the country. When we visited in September 2015, there were 4 bars/clubs on the road called: Jalan Camplung Tanduk Arcade.

Colosseum - Rome, ItalyITALY: Best Gay Friendly Destinations in Italy
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Thanks to the open-minded attitude of some important cities like Florence, Milan or Bologna, Italy has always been also one of the main destinations for LGBT tourism. If you are looking for some gay friendly destinations in Italy, here is some advice. If you want to spend your holidays in the north of Italy, Milan might be the best choice: well known for its historical monuments, above all its Cathedral, the Duomo, it is famous also for its vitality and for the innumerable chances that it offers to have fun and to enjoy the city. What’s more, it is very open to any sexual orientation and you will find a lot of LGBT friendly clubs and bars (especially all around Porta Venezia district). For this reason, you should subscribe the Arcigay Card; for just 15 euros, you will be able to take part to many different activities, as well as to enjoy gay parties, afterhours, restaurants and cruises. The card can be used even in Bologna, another of the most open-minded and tolerant city of Italy, because it has been governed by the left party since the Second World War, and also thanks to the university campus.

Carlos Melia - MyanmarMYANMAR: Sunset At The Iconic Shwedagon Pagoda
by Carlos Melia
Shwedagon Pagoda, known as well as the crown of Myanmar might be as well, the most iconic landmark of Myanmar, one of the most famous pagodas in the world and a very important monument for Buddhist religion. According to some, the pagoda is 2,600 years old, making Shwedagon the oldest pagoda in the world. When in Yangon, you will feel its omnipresence, and you will be literally draw to it as a magnet. It can be seen from most places of Yangon day and night as the golden roof illuminates the city. The best time to visit, is right before sunset, to be able to appreciate the site, atmosphere and colors, pre and post sunset. Located atop the Singuttara Hill, is this 99 metres (325 ft) tall pagoda, which is believed to contain relics of the four previous Buddhas. There are replicas of Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar, like Uppatasanti Pagodalocated in Naypyidaw, the capital of Myanmar. Completed in 2009, it is similar in many aspects to Shwedagon Pagoda, but its height is 30 cm (12 in) less than that of Shwedagon.

Bagan, Myanmar - Carlos MeliaMYANMAR: Transitioning from Yangon to Bagan
by Carlos Melia
My day began very early at Belmond Governors Residence, my hotel in Yangon. 5AM our bags should be at the door of our rooms to be collected. Was time to say goodbye to Yangon and move to our next destination, Bagan where we would boar our luxury boat Belmond Road to Mandalay, our home for the next 5 days, on our voyage along the Ayeyarwady River, to our final destination Mandalay. But before that could happen, lots of things were planned for our day transitioning from Yangon to Bagan. Early morning began with coffee at my room at Belmond Governors Residence, and ready I was to head back to Yangon International Airport to take our flight to our next destination in Myanmar. The fantastic team of Belmond Myanmar, made all so seamless and effortless. As we arrived to the airport, each of us was handed its ticket, and off we were whisked to the VIP Lounge. My luggage, was being escorted and guarded by their professional team, and the next time I saw it was at my cabin, onboard the Belmond Road to Mandalay luxury river cruise, in Bagan.

Carlos Melia - MyanmarMYANMAR: Sunset Gazing in Myanmar
by Carlos Melia
Quintessentially Bagan experience, planned and timed to perfection by the team at Belmond Road to Mandalay Luxury River Cruise. Nothing more simple, yet more unique this to me is the true and mere definition of luxury travel. So we deboarded our gorgeous Road to Mandalay Cruise, mighty floating on the Ayeyarwady River, and were transferred to the shores of Old Bagan, to begin our afternoon experience, which began exploring Old Bagan and followed by our Sunset gazing along local Buddhist Monks atop a pagoda expereince. This is what you do, you look around for the highest hopefully least crowded pagoda, out of the over 2200 still remaining, and to your guides concern you climb and climb and climb to enjoy this breathtaking sunset over Bagans Archeological Site. Yes, indeed, the Buddhist Monk presence was an unexpected gift of life.

Christmas markets BathUK: Bath At Christmas
by the Wandering Wives
The city of Bath is a wonderful place to visit at any time of year but during Christmas the UNESCO world heritage listed site is a real treat. Throughout December one of Bath’s main attractions, Bath Abbey, is flanked by more than 180 Christmas Market chalets which line the surrounding streets. Festive tours of the church are available and carol singers are strategically placed around every corner. The stunning Georgian architecture in the city seems even more pleasing than usual when smothered in liberal amounts of festive cheer. Visiting Bath at Christmas is a quintessentially British experience and one which we highly recommend. A few days of shopping at the Christmas markets makes an ideal festive break and there are plenty of excellent quality hotels to choose from in the city. We stayed at Grove Lodge, where we lived the high life, experiencing all the trappings of upper class Georgian living.

Carlos Melia - San FranciscoUSA, CALIFORNIA: My Hectic Week in San Francisco
by Carlos Melia
My week in San Francisco was full of fashion, hotels, restaurants, private events and a lovely simple day out exploring Sausalito, which was the perfect balance to a hectic week. The main reason of my trip, was to attend RUBINSINGERs my husband personal appearance and trunk show at Neiman Marcus San Francisco, and from there on, I built the itinerary and activities around. Day 01 went this way. Arrival to San Francisco around 2.30PM from New York ( approx. 6 hours flight). Our car and driver was waiting for us to rush us to our hotel, the St Regis San Francisco, to check in and get ready to the private cocktail event co-hosted by Neiman Marcus and RUBINSINGERs at Dirty Habit. After the event, which finished around 9PM, our team enjoyed a great rustic Italian dinner at Cotogna, followed by some truffled delights at Relais & Chateux Restaurant Quince, next door. Time to call the day and head back to our hotel for a nice night sleep.

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